Great Wall Sunrise

Today is the Chinese New Year and what better way to celebrate then to post one of my favorite photos from my trip to China. This image was taken as the sun rose over The Great Wall. The Great Wall spans over 5,500 miles and very little of it has been restored. The majority of people who…

Sunset Over XingPing

This is the view from the top of Lao Chai Hill in XingPing, China. The karst mountains here are very famous amongst the Chinese people. In fact, the mountains appear on the back of their 20 CNY banknote. My wife and I traveled to some very remote places while visiting China and this was no exception. XingPing…

View from Zhengbeilou

This is the view from the Zhengbeilou Tower on The Great Wall. It is considered by many to be the most beautiful spot along the 5,500 mile Wall. The “easiest” way to get here is via the restored section of Mutianyu. However, Zhengbeilou Tower isn’t a part of Mutianyu. It is part of the unrestored section of…

Celestial Bridge

It rains a lot in Zhangjiajie National Park, therefore, it has many bridges as a part of the beautiful, well maintained hiking trails. This is Celestial Bridge, found on one of the Northeastern most trails in the park. This path doesn’t reveal the rock formations that the park is famous for, but I found that it was one of the…

Zhangjiajie Monkey

No, Zhangjiajie is not a type of monkey. In fact I have no idea what type of monkey this is. We came across this little guy and about thirty of his relatives on a trail in Zhangjiajie National Park. Zhangjiajie, for those of you who aren’t familiar, is China’s first National Park. It also happens to…

Zhangjiajie Overlook

This image was taken in the heart of central China at the Zhangjiajie National Park. Established in 1982, this is China’s first National Park. In 1992, it was named a UNESCO world heritage site. This landscape is also famous for inspiring the alien world for the movie Avatar. The park itself is well known by…

Terrifying Trek – The Great Wall Unrestored

At times, Jake and I had a few choice words for The Great Wall, and rightly so. This picture captures a rather strong moment of select wording, defeat, and confusion on how to move forward on this terrifying trek. Check out the vertical wall of crumbling rock and tell me you wouldn’t feel the same……

Zhangjiajie Primate

Jennifer and I found this macaque along with its large family while hiking through the dense Karst Mountains in China’s Zhangjiajie National Park. This particular Zhangjiajie primate perched up on this stone wall while we made our way up the steep staircase. It was a very surreal experience to have this troop of more than…

Trees of Red

This eerie looking path full of trees covered in red ribbons is actually a forest full of hopes and dreams. This path is a part of Tianmen Mountain in China. Tianmen is a holy mountain to the Chinese people. In the Chinese culture the color red represents happiness or jubilation. They write their wishes on…